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Tomitaka, Asahi

Title: Assistant Professor, Department of Immunology

Phone: 305-348-0674


Specialty: Center of Personalized Nanomedicine Institute for NeuroImmune Pharmacology

Curriculum Vitae

Department(s): Immunology and Nano-Medicine

Dr. Tomitaka is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Immunology and Nano-Medicine at Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine, Florida International University. She received her Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Yokohama National University, Yokohama, Japan in 2011. Her research interests lie in the area of Nanobiotechnology and Magnetic Engineering. Her current research focuses on image-guided drug delivery and theranostics using multifunctional nanoparticles. She had postdoctoral trainings in the field of Biomaterials, Materials Science, and Nanomedicine. During her Ph.D. and postdoctoral training, she was awarded the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) Research Fellowship and JSPS Postdoctoral Fellowship for Research Abroad.

Research interest

  • Nanobiotechnology and Nanomedicine
  • Molecular imaging and Image-guided therapy
  • Regenerative medicine
  • Magnetic and optical neural interfaces
  • Nanomagnetic applications including Bio-sensor
  • Magneto-plasmonic and magneto-electric nanoparticles 


Ph.D., Engineering, Sep. 2011        
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering,
Yokohama National University.

M.S., Engineering,    Mar. 2009       
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering,
Yokohama National University.

Awards & Fellowships

  • Junior Research Investigators Award in Personalized Nanomedicine, 5th Annual Society of Personalized Nano-Medicine Symposium, Miami, USA, 2018
  • Junior Research Investigators Award in Personalized Nanomedicine, 4th Annual Society of Personalized Nano-Medicine Symposium, Miami, USA, 2017
  • Early Career Investigators in Personalized Nanomedicine Poster Award, 3rd Annual Society of Personalized Nano-Medicine Symposium, Miami, USA, 2016
  • Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS), JSPS Postdoctoral Fellow for Research Abroad, 2012-2014
  • Research Fellow of the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS), 2009-2012


[Peer Reviewed Publications]

  1. Tomitaka, S. Ota, K. Nishimoto, H. Arami, Y. Takemura, M. Nair, “Dynamic magnetic characterization and magnetic particle imaging enhancement of magnetic-gold core-shell nanoparticles,” Nanoscale, in press.
  2. Tomitaka, A. Kaushik, B. Kevadiya, I. Mukadam, H.E. Gendelman, K. Khalili, G. Liu, M. Nair, “Surface engineered multi-modal magnetic nanoparticles to manage CNS diseases,” Drug Discovery Today, in press.
  3. Kaushik, A. Yndart, V. Atluri, S. Tiwari, A. Tomitaka, P. Gupta, R.D. Jaynat, D. Alvarez-Carbonell, K. Khalili, M. Nair, “Magnetically guided non-invasive CRISPR-Cas9/gRNA delivery across blood-brain barrier to eradicate latent HIV-1,” Scientific Reports, in press.
  4. D. Jayant, S. Tiwari, V. Atluri, A. Kaushik, A. Tomitaka, A. Yndart, L. Colon-Perez, M. Febo, M. Nair, “Multifunctional Nanotherapeutics for the Treatment of neuroAIDS in Drug Abusers,” Scientific Reports, vol. 8, 12991, 2018.
  5. Tomitaka, H. Arami, Z. Huang, A. Raymond, E. Rodriguez, Y. Cai, M. Febo, Y. Takemura., M. Nair, "Hybrid magneto-plasmonic liposomes for multimodal image-guided and brain-targeted HIV treatment," Nanoscale, vol. 10, pp. 184–194, 2018.
  6. Ahmadivand, B. Gerislioglu, A. Tomitaka, P. Manickam, A. Kaushik, S. Bhansali, M. Nair, N. Pala, “Extreme sensitive metasensor for targeted biomarkers identification using colloidal nanoparticles-integrated plasmonic unit cells,” Biomedical Optics Express, vol. 9, pp. 373–386, 2018.
  7. Arami, E. Teeman, A. Troksa, H. Bradshaw, K. Saatchi, A. Tomitaka, U. Hafeli, D. Liggitt, K.M. Krishnan, “Tomographic Magnetic Particle Imaging of Cancer Targeted Nanoparticles,” Nanoscale, vol. 9, pp. 18723–18730, 2017.
  8. Tomitaka, H. Arami, A. Raymond, A. Yndart, A. Kaushik, R.D. Jayant, Y. Takemura, Y. Cai, M. Toborek, M. Nair, “Development of magneto-plasmonic nanoparticles for multimodal image-guided therapy to the brain,” Nanoscale, vol. 9, pp. 764–773, 2017.
  9. Huang, A. Tomitaka, A. Raymond, M. Nair, “Current application of CRISPR/Cas9 gene-editing technique to eradication of HIV/AIDS,” Gene Therapy, vol. 24, pp. 377–384, 2017.
  10. Sagar, V.S.R. Atluri, A. Tomitaka, P. Shah, A. Nagasetti, S. Pilakka-Kanthikeel, N. El-Hage, A. McGoron, Y. Takemura, M. Nair, “Coupling of transient near infrared photonic with magnetic nanoparticle for potential dissipation-free biomedical application in brain,” Scientific Reports, vol. 6, 29792, 2016.
  11. D. Jayant, D. Sosa, A. Kaushik, V. Atluri, A. Vashist, A. Tomitaka, M. Nair, “Current status of non-viral gene therapy for CNS disorders,” Expert Opinion on Drug Delivery, vol. 13, pp. 1433–1445, 2016.
  12. Vashist, A. Kaushik, A. Vashist, R.D. Jayant, A. Tomitaka, S. Ahmad, Y.K. Gupta, M. Nair, “Recent trends on hydrogel based drug delivery systems for infectious diseases,” Biomaterials Science, vol. 4, pp. 1535–1553, 2016.

[Book chapters]

  1. Tomitaka, Y. Takemura, M. Nair, “Magnetic Nanogel enable image guided therapy,” in Nanogels for Biomedical Applications, Cambridge: The Royal Society of Chemistry, 2018 pp.109–127.
  2. Tomitaka, H. Arami, Y. Takemura, M. Nair, “Image-guided therapy,” in Advances in Personalized Nanotherapeutics, Cham: Springer, 2017 pp.41–55.